Grassley Demands Sit-Down With Mystery FBI Agent To Discuss Flynn "302" Forms

  • Last week, an unredacted House Intel Committee report revealed that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congressional investigators that the FBI had virtually no case against former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, and "The two people who interviewed [Flynn] didn't think he was lying[.]" 
  • "[N]ot [a] great beginning of a false statement case." McCabe told the Committee. 
  • The same House Intel report revealed that James Comey contradicted himself in a Fox News interview when he denied telling lawmakers those agents thought Flynn was telling the truth, when in fact he did. 
  • There is an unconfirmed rumor that McCabe instructed agents to alter their "302" forms from the Flynn interview, effectively changing their written accounts. 
  • Now, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says Comey also told them the FBI thought Flynn was telling the truth - only to say the opposite on Fox.
  • Grassley is now zeroing in on the Flynn interview - and has demanded the "302" forms, as well as a sit-down with Special Agent Joe Pientka - who Grassley revealed as the second FBI agent in the Flynn interview aside from Peter Strzok
  • Grassley is also demanding a transcript of the reportedly intercepted calls between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak central to the Flynn case. 

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is getting to the bottom of things, and some think he's laying out a path to exonerate former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn - who pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI over his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

It has been suggested that the FBI set Flynn up, and his admission of guilt could have been to avoid sure financial ruin trying to fight the Special Counsel. Others say Flynn was protecting his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who served as his father's aide for his consulting company, Flynn Intel Group.

In a very direct Friday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Grassley gets straight to the point - going after former FBI Director Comey's blatant contradiction between what he told two Congressional committees - which was that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn "saw nothing that led them to believe [he] was lying." - and what Comey told Fox News host Bret Baier - the complete opposite of his Congressional testimony.

Grassley's letter reads: 

Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, “saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.” Our own Committee staff’s notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the “agents saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.”  Contrary to his public statements during his current book tour denying any memory of those comments, then-Director Comey led us to believe during that briefing that the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he intentionally lied about his conversation with the Ambassador and that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute him for false statements made in that interview

Now compare to what Comey said on Fox while promoting his book, A Higher Loyalty

Baier: Did you tell lawmakers that FBI agents didn't believe former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was lying intentionally to investigators?

Comey: No. And I saw that in the media. I don't know what - maybe someone misunderstood something I said. I didn't believe that, and didn't say that.

Grassley's Friday letter also notes that "The Department has withheld the Flynn-related documents since our initial bipartisan request last year," referring to the FBI's materials from the Flynn interview. 

Then comes the bottom line: 

"the Committee’s oversight interest in the underlying documents requested more than a year ago now outweighs any legitimate executive branch interest in withholding it. So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then-Directory [sic] Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims."

In other words, the DOJ is out of excuses - and in light of the Comey contradictions - including the fact that he gave Congress the impression Flynn wasn't going to be prosecuted, it's clear that the DOJ has been hiding key facts that would significantly weaken the Flynn case.  

Grassley then demands the following no later than May 25, 2018

1. "The information requested in our February 15, 2017 letter, including the transcripts of the reportedly intercepted calls and any FBI reports summarizing them; and"

2. The FBI agents’ 302s memorializing their interview of Flynn and 1A supporting docs, including the agents’ notes.

Then it gets really interesting

Grassley demands a transcribed interview with Special Agent Joe Pientka - who he reveals to be the second FBI agent that interviewed Flynn. Prior to Friday, it was only known that (Trump-hating) Special Agent Peter Strzok was in the Flynn interview, while Pientka's name was kept nonpublic. 

Pientka can now testify to whether or not McCabe had him alter his 302 form, which would send things nuclear. Given the DOJ's stonewalling to this point, it will be interesting to see how they respond to Grassley's new demands. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein has likened Congressional efforts to pry information from the agency "extortion." 

Clues to piece things together

Speaking to the suggestion that the 302 forms were altered is an analysis by Sundance of Conservative Tree House, who says "it's likely Chairman Grassley outed the name [Pientka's] for a reason." (h/t American Thinker)

Regarding the "widely held belief" that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the FBI agents (Strzok and Pientka) to shape their FBI reports of the interview (FD-302's) to assist a "Flynn lied" narrative…. evidence of that is within the most recent text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:

♦January 23, 2017, the day before the Flynn interview, Lisa Page says: "I can feel my heart beating harder, I'm so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails." Weird!

♦Strzok replies: "I know. I just talked with John, we're getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy (MCCABE) this morning." Strzok agrees with Page about being stressed that "THIS" could go off the rails…(Strzok's meeting w Flynn the next day)

♦Why would Page & Strzok be stressed about "THIS" potentially going off the rails if everything was by the book?

BECAUSE IT WASN'T!

It was a conspiracy to entrap Gen Mike Flynn. All Strzok needed was an excuse to speak w Flynn. Everything in the 302 was likely fabricated.

♦February 14th, 2017, there is another note about the FBI reports filed from the interview.

Peter Strzok asks Lisa Page if FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is OK with his report: "Also, is Andy good with F-302?"

Lisa Page replies: "Launch on F 302".

And he reminds us that previously, on September 10, 2016, Strzok texted about withholding 302s that he called "VERY inflammatory"

"is Andy good with F-302?" Strzok asks page, weeks after they're stressing out about something going "off the rails."  While not conclusive evidence that the 302's were altered, at least points to some sort of crisis management within the agency in relation to recent events. 

Meanwhile, Twitter user @drawandstrike offers some thoughts:

For further analysis on the Strzok-Page texts that point to Flynn's interview, click into this tweet for another cogent analysis:

Finally, let's give credit where it's due if all of this turns out to be exactly what happened -as journalist Sara Carter has been on this since January:

Comments

Ghost of PartysOver IridiumRebel Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

Trump is playing this very well.  Going to let it drag on.  Why?  1)  The longer it goes the more information will be made public.  Sara Carter led the the journalist and now more journalist are starting to get on board ( everyone seems to want some fame) so expect more information to come.   2) All about the mid term election and firing up his base.  The more info that comes out the more pissed his base will be.  Anyone that follows politics knows the term "October Surprise" and I think this October will be some monsters!

Kudos Mr President.  Well played.

 

 

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Amy G. Dala Ghost of PartysOver Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:25 Permalink

I agree.  Trump has helluva lot more discipline than he gets credit for.  He could say, I'm tired of this shit, I'm going to declassify all this shit and lay the cards on the table . . .I would be tempted to do that.

If there is a dem congress to start '19 and the impeachment machine is ramping up,  watch out.  Fuck you Rosenstein and your "national security, sources and methods"  bullshit.  Cards on the table, boys.

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loveyajimbo Amy G. Dala Sun, 05/13/2018 - 14:19 Permalink

It is also otherwise BIZARRE that Trump would not fire the apparently corrupt Sessions and obviously corrupt Rosenstein... unless some undisclosed "game" were being played to take down much of the DOJ "Deep State"...

I still find it very smelly that Little Jeff Sessions has refused to prosecute Hillary for her obvious multiple major felonies... and he well may be part of the Deep State cabal of shitbags...

We should soon see...

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neilhorn Ghost of PartysOver Sun, 05/13/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

In the parlance of a plumber I would say, "you can drain a sink with an inch and a half drain, but if you want to drain a swamp you need much bigger pipe."

By that I mean you can wait on the people who are trying to do good, or you can get involved and help. 

The swamp will not drain itself. The drain work requires your input. If you haven't written, texted, tweeted or called your congressman or senator then you are not helping. The only thing that the swamp people respond to is pressure, and it requires pressure to unclog the drain.

Sen. Donnelly (MT) and Sen. Manchin (WV) are feeling the pressure. How much pressure is your representative or senator feeling?

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Amy G. Dala JRobby Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:09 Permalink

Here ya go Mister Grassley, I got them transcripts between General Flynn and Sergey Kislyak right here:

Sergey:  Gee, Mike, these sanctions rilly suck.

Mike:  Yup, Serge.  They sure do.

Sergey:  Nice talkin' to ya, Mike.

Mike:  See ya around, Serge.

Then we get the FBI interrogation of Flynn:

Peter Strozk ( to Mike Flynn):  Did you discuss sanctions with the russian foreign minister?

Mike Flynn:  Nope.

Strozk:  Liar!

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BetterRalph Theta_Burn Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:20 Permalink

I seen em....

Maxine just landed on her head while blowin her "trumpet" on the floor with a recent meltdown (it was almost better than the chip exploit, naa exploits are better) and pelosi is too busy dropboxing secrets for the Awan Spy ring to come up for Air to spew some nonsense about how my Tax Cuts from Trump aren't helping me and instead I need more taxes, open borders, more affordable homeless on my Front Lawn, probably why she didn't just throw her blackberry in the toilet like Ted. Old people like her are extremely naive when it comes to tech.

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thebigunit I Am Jack's Ma… Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

He won't have to.

Why doesn’t Trump pardon Flynn for the ‘lying to the FBI’ bs charge?

Other things will happen.

I suspect that Judge Ellis might go nuclear on the Special Counsel's prosecution of Flynn and order Flynn's guilty plea to be vacated.  And, if Judge Ellis is especially pissed off, he might order the DOJ to reimburse Flynn for legal expenses.

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otschelnik Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:45 Permalink

Slight diversion, but at the arraignment for Concord Management, indicted for election interference crimes, the Russian lawyers report that they will not represent the affiliated company, Concord Catering  since the company didn’t exist at the time of the stated crimes! 

OMG, the special prosecutor's office is so fucking incompetent in their pursuit of muh Russia.  Mueller not only indicted a ham sandwich, he indicted a nonexistent at the time ham sandwich!

Amy G. Dala Theta_Burn Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:20 Permalink

Mueller finds himself in a pickle . . .two ways out. 

1)  Wrap up the "investigation" with a few candy-ass indictments about porn star money, or

2)  Continue the "investigation" not as a witch-hunt but a snipe hunt until he is fired for cause, turning him into a Resistance Martyr.

I figured that was the point of raiding Cohen . . .people don't realize how far off the rails that was, and on so many levels.  Never heard of any investigator anywhere for any reason with carte blanche to wipe out att/client confidentiality. This is new in 'murica, folks.  Pay attention.

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Teeter Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:57 Permalink

If Pientka is a whistleblower everything is going to blow sky high. That arrogant narcissist SOB Comey needs to get what's coming to him along with his buddy McCabe. And you can bet Sally Yates is in the middle of this. She is one vile woman.